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Boat Launch Sites for Columbia County

DEC manages over 395 boating and fishing access facilities. We do our best to keep these sites clean and safe, but if you see something that is out of order or have a question or concern about a particular site, send a message to

Note: Use the following definitions to help you determine if a particular site will accommodate your boat.

  • Hard surface or concrete ramp--site affords float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats.
  • Beach launch--no float-off or float-on trailered boat capability. Sites will accommodate the approach to the water's edge of small and light trailered boats. Boat may then be pushed on or off trailer. Usually shallow areas.
  • Hand launch--no trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.
  • Car top launch--For canoe/kayak launching. Limited parking available.
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Accessibility: The sites listed below specified as "accessible" have been designed to be wheelchair accessible. See the chart below for location and specific information.

Full Listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations

Columbia County, DEC Region 4
Water Town Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Hudson River Hudson At the foot of Water Street. Hard surface ramp 46 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Water Chestnut, Zebra Mussel, Quagga Mussel, Asian Clam
Hudson River Germantown Off Route 9G in Hamlet of N. Germantown to Northern Blvd, to end of Anchorage Rd. Hard surface ramp 20 cars and trailers Eurasian Watermilfoil, Water Chestnut, Zebra Mussel, Quagga Mussel, Asian Clam
Accessible DEC
Lake Taghkanic On Route 82, 11 miles south of City of Hudson. Gravel launch 20 cars Electric motors only. Permit required-available from park manager. OPRHP
Queechy Lake Off Route 30. Hand launch 12 cars Eurasian Watermilfoil
Electric motors only DEC

*Confirmed invasive species present. Other invasive species may also be present.

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